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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


Professor Roger Paulin

Professor Roger Paulin
Emeritus Schröder Professor of German
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 338574 (Trinity College)

Trinity College
P4 Burrells
Trinity Street
United Kingdom


Roger Paulin took his doctorate in Heidelberg in 1965 and his Cambridge Litt. D. in 1987. He taught at Birmingham and Bristol before coming to Cambridge in 1974 as a University Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity. From 1987 to 1989 he was Henry Simon Professor of German in the University of Manchester. From 1989 to 2005 he was Schröder Professor of German in Cambridge and is a Fellow of Trinity. From 1989 to 1996 he was Head of Department.  He retired in 2005. He received a Humboldtpreis in 2002. In 2011 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz. 

Research interests: 

Generally, German literature 1500-1900. Specifically, Goethezeit, Romanticism

Recent research projects: 

Biography of August Wilhelm Schlegel (since 2008)

Published works: 

Ludwig Tieck: a Literary Biography (Oxford, 1985; Munich 1988)

The Brief Compass: the Nineteenth-Century German Novelle (Oxford, 1985)

Ludwig Tieck (Stuttgart, 1987)

Goethe, the Brothers Grimm and Academic Freedom (Cambridge, 1990)

Theodor Storm (Munich, 1992)

Der Fall Wilhelm Jerusalem. Zum Selbstmordproblem zwischen Aufklärung und Empfindsamkeit (Göttingen. 1999)

The Critical Reception of Shakespeare in Germany 1682-1914. Native Literature and Foreign Genius (Hildesheim, New York, 2003)

The Life of August Wilhelm Schlegel: Cosmopolitan of Art and Poetry (Cambridge, 2016, Paderborn 2017)

Roger Paulin has edited or co-edited 11 volumes and has written approximately 85 articles.